“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: December 7-13

For Dec 7-13: A healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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Ever wonder what our phrase “real food meets reality” means? Here’s the deal. Our recipes and menu plans feature as many homemade meals made from whole foods (ones that have been minimally processed) as possible.This “real food” philosophy of eating helps cut down on the amount of sugar, salt, preservatives, trans fats, and other harmful additives in your foods.

However, because we are all bound by time, energy, and budgets, there are times we take help from the store. That’s where the reality piece comes in. Keep in mind that when selecting pre-packaged or processed foods from the store, read the label and try to find the ones that have the fewest and most recognizable ingredients. I find that I have better luck in the HealthMarket section of the store than elsewhere. Always feel free to leave a comment or email us with questions!

Have a great week!

Weekly Menu Plan

(FF) = Indicates a freezer-friendly recipe. Save time and money by doubling and freezing this recipe for another dinner later. Read Freezer Cooking 101 to learn more about this helpful strategy.

(*) = Indicates recipe ingredients that are on sale this week at the Hy-Vees of Columbia to help save our local readers money.


Dinner menu:


Sale Items (thru 12/8):



  • Grimmway Farms Whole Carrots
  • Organic Bosc pears
  • Hy-Vee Chicken Drumsticks
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables
  • Organic Braeburn Apples OR Sweet Honeycrisp Apples

(Breakfast for dinner)

  • Oscar Meyer Sliced Bacon
  • Red or Gold Baby Potatoes
  • Organic Kale 
  • Zeel Seedless Navel Oranges

(Leftover night)

  • Use up food from the fridge or pull out a freezer meal.
  • Hy-Vee Angus Reserve Boneless Beef Top Round Steak
  • Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables
  • Mangos  
  • Wild Raw Shrimp 
  • Fresh asparagus
  • Baked Italian Meatballs (FF) (I’m using ground turkey this time.)
  • Whole wheat spaghetti 
  • Green salad
  • Apple slices
  • Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey
  • Organic Hy-Vee Salad Mix
  • Organic Braeburn Apples OR Sweet Honeycrisp Apples

Shop Online Now

New Online Shopping feature! Save time and hassle by ordering your groceries online from any Hy-Vee of Columbia. If you spend $100, delivery is FREE!! (What!?) If not, it’s only $4.95 for delivery or $2.95 to pick up! (What!?) Listen to Polly explain how she uses it to save time and money…


For a step-by-step tutorial, read Polly’s post about using Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online. It’s so easy!

Printable Menu Planner

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!

Free printable menu planner

More Healthy Recipe Ideas

For more recipe ideas, check out our past Menu Plans or our extensive Recipe Index full of healthy, family-friendly recipes.

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